I’ve never made a strawberry cookie recipe before, but this tasty cookie with three types of strawberries in addition to white chocolate and cacao nibs has just become my go-to Spring cookie!
Strawberry cookies are a new one for me. Actually triple strawberry cookies, because this unique cookie contains strawberries in three forms.
Dried strawberries, strawberry preserves and freeze dried strawberries, along with white chocolate chips and cacoa nibs make one tasty cookie recipe.
Served with some healthy fresh strawberries on the side, you have a winning dessert, or a great cookie for someone’s lunch box!
I was pleasantly surprised when the taste of these cookies really burst of berry flavor.
It was something I’ve never had in a cookie before and combined with the nuttiness of the cacoa nibs and the creaminess of white chocolate, these cookies had a truly unique strawberry flavor.
Perfect for a change in the seasons, this cookie also had a few interesting twists.
Have you ever used dry milk powder in cookies?
Christina Tosi of Milk Bar fame swears by it and though I’ve tried it before, I haven’t used it all that much.
Dry milk powder helps make a cookie taste better and also helps it turn that golden color we all love in cookies.
She claims it’s a magical ingredient and just 1 tablespoon helps bring out the flavor in cookies.
Next time I make chocolate chip cookies, I’m going to give it a try.
What types of strawberries are in this strawberry cookie?
These strawberry cookies contain dry strawberries. Dried strawberries are just like raisins except they are strawberries!
Chewy and sweet, I always love to keep them on hand, because I love them in salads.
Truly a few of these diced up and added to a salad along with a bit of goats cheese makes any salad shine.
Have you ever used freeze-dried strawberries?
In this cookie’s case I smashed them up into powder and combined them with butter, flour and sugar to use as a streusel on top of the cookie.
Honestly? It sounded good but I’m not sure the streusel ended up adding to the cookie as it kind of just melted in!
Next time I make these I think I will just add some of the crushed frozen dried strawberries as strawberry powder directly to the batter so that the cookies have a pretty pink color.
My streusel wasn’t really pink and I attribute that to the fact that my frozen dried strawberries had probably been in the pantry too long!
What do freeze-dried strawberries taste like?
They taste like strawberries except they have a styrofoam-like texture.
Not so appetizing, huh?
This shouldn’t matter if you use them in yogurt or on top of cereal where they soften up.
Note: Freeze dried strawberries do not contain sugar, where as dried strawberries do.
With freeze dried strawberries, dried strawberries and strawberry jam, these delicious cookies are made for strawberry lovers.
Haven’t tried cacao nibs yet?
I love adding these nutty, but mild chocolate flavored, crunchy husks of the cacao bean, to cookies and dry rubs.
Sometimes roasted, sometimes raw, these also have many health benefits and I’m all about trying to make any cookie healthier!
It allows me to eat more, right?
How to Make Strawberry Cookies:
If you choose to top these with strawberry streusel, make this first by placing the freeze dried strawberries in a zip-lock bag and crushing them with a rolling pin into a fine powder.
OR if you choose to skip the streusel, add this to your dry ingredients.
In a stand mixer, cream butter until fluffy and light colored.
Add in the brown sugar, granulated sugar and cream together with the butter.
Mix in two room temperature large eggs, vanilla extract and strawberry preserves and beat until blended.
To make the flour mixture, combine the all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda and milk powder. If you choose to not make the streusel this is the spot where you add in the crushed strawberry powder.
Not only should this add flavor it should add a pretty pink color to the cookie dough.
Once everything is combined, fold in the white chocolate chunks or chips, the cacao nibs and the dried strawberries.
Be sure to cut them into smaller pieces by using your kitchen sissors.
Don’t have cacao nibs? They are totally not necessary. But they sure do add that something extra!
On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, using a medium cookie scoop, place 13 cookie dough balls on large baking sheets. Top with streusel if you choose.
Chill for about 10 minutes in the freezer while your oven preheats.
Bake about 14-15 minutes total on the middle oven rack and then cool the golden brown cookies on a wire rack.
These chewy soft cookies can be stored in an airtight container.
If you so choose I think my new favorite cookie would also become prettier pink cookies if they wre drizzled with a pink powdered sugar glaze.
Just a thought!
With strawberry season upon us, I couldn’t resist trying out this special strawberry cookie recipe.
I hope my father-in-law likes strawberries because tomorrow they are on their way to Texas where they will surely become the next great thing!
Additionally, I also shared these with a friend of Manservant’s. After just the first bite he asked if I could send some home with him.
We are always happy to oblige here at TIHIC!
Wishing you a happy Spring!
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Strawberry Cookies use three types of strawberries, white chocolate and cacao nibs. So easy to make and so perfect for Spring; these strawberry cookies are love at first bite!
2 sticks melted, unsalted butter
2 1/3 c all-purpose unbleached flour
1 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 c dry milk powder
1/4 c sugar
1 c packed dark brown sugar
2 lg eggs
1 t vanilla extract
1/4 c strawberry preserves
8 – 11 ounces white chocolate chips
4 ounces dried strawberries (look in the dried fruit section)
1/4 c cocoa nibs
2 T cold butter, diced
1/8 c sugar
1/3 c all-purpose flour
1/4 c ground, freeze-dried strawberries
Mix the streusel ingredients in a small bowl or mixing cup until crumbly. (I usually use a fork.)
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mis together flour, salt, baking soda and milk powder in a large measuring cup.
In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and the sugars.
Add eggs, vanilla and strawberry preserves. Add dry ingredients, slowly, scraping down sides of bowl. Stir in dried strawberries, white chocolate chips and cocoa nibs.
Using a 1 T cookie scoop, place cookie dough on prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle with streusel. Place in freezer for about 10 minutes, while your oven preheats.
Preheat oven to 350.
Bake 7 minutes. Rotate pan and then bake another 6 -8 minutes.
Cool on rack and then enjoy!
See post above. Cacao nibs are optional. Cookies can also be made without streusel.
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